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Originally published Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 6:48 AM

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Belgian King Albert humbled by criticism

King Albert of Belgium has told 600 dignitaries that recent scandals involving his family have given him `'a lesson in humility."

The Associated Press

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BRUSSELS —

King Albert of Belgium has told 600 dignitaries that recent scandals involving his family have given him `'a lesson in humility."

During a royal reception Tuesday for political, economic and cultural leaders, Albert acknowledged that the Belgian monarchy had not kept to the standards he expected.

He said `'as the chief of my royal family, I will not hide from you that recent family events have hurt me and given me a lesson in humility."

Last week, Queen Fabiola, Albert's sister-in-law, was forced to scrap an inheritance foundation that was widely criticized as a tax dodge. And the king's son Prince Laurent again came under scrutiny for perceived diplomatic contacts that he should stay away from.

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